Food Safety Management MSc

Food Safety Management MSc

School of Sport and Health Sciences


Post- graduate




Online Only

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University of Central Lancashire
Preston, PR1 2HE, UK.

Tel: +44 (0)1772 892400

  • Duration:

    Part-time: 3 Years

  • Level:


  • Mode:


  • Delivery:

    eLearning, Part-time

  • Campus:

    Online Only

  • Start Date:

    January and September

  • Award Type:


Why study this programme?

MSc Food Safety Management at UCLan provides a fascinating and comprehensive focus on important areas of HACCP auditing, foodborne disease, food safety hazards and the effective management of food safety. This course is aimed at individuals in the food industry, enforcement and education who wants to develop their knowledge and skills in a food safety career.

The course is delivered by an enthusiastic team of researchers and renowned expert in HACCP. This course is unique as it is delivered fully online and include live webinars, full tutor support, online interactions with peers and access to up-to-date course materials. Throughout the course, you will have the opportunity to study specialist topics, develop essential transferable IT and communication skills, research project planning and management.

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Entry Requirements

  • A recognised undergraduate degree or overseas equivalent or NVQ level 5. Other professional qualifications or experience in a food related field may be considered and enquiries should be made to the Course Leader;
  • Suitable level of proficiency in relation to IT;
  • For students whose first language is not English, we require a minimum of one of the following:
  • A grade C in the Cambridge Proficiency Certificate in English OR
  • A minimum score of 6.5 in IELTS OR
  • A score of 600 in TOEFL, with an average 4.0 in the test for written English

Programme at a Glance

Year 1

  • HACCP Development (20 credits)
  • Foodborne Disease (40 credits)

Year 2

  • HACCP Effective Food Safety Management Systems (40 credits)
  • Research Methods for Postgraduate Study (20 credits)

Year 3

  • Current Issues in Food Safety Management (40 credits)

Choose 1 (20 credits) from

  • International Food Law or
  • Managing Food Allergy and Intolerance or
  • Applied Food Safety Project

Further Information

This unique course provides: relevant and up-to-date experience in foodborne disease, HACCP Development, HACCP Audit and Management, Research Methods for Food Safety, Current Issues in Food Safety including the opportunity to study specialist topics; development in essential transferable skills such as IT, communication skills, independent research, information retrieval, project planning and management; and the opportunity for career development and enhancement.

The MSc has been a huge milestone in my life, from leaving school with no formal qualifications as I did not sit any exams due to not attending school, then started working in the food industry as a general operative before being given the opportunity working in QA and food safety, I found food safety interesting and exciting which then made me passionate about wanting to gain formal qualifications in food safety.

The tutors at on the MSc food safety management course gave the support, motivation and confidence which at times i had self-doubt about my academic abilities but they continued to give me the drive to continue. The course has enhanced my confidence and I make decisions and speak with more confidence and authority in my role.

Martyn, 2019 MSc Graduate


Foodborne Disease
Explores the problem of foodborne disease in a global context, analyses its cause and identifies appropriate control strategies.

HACCP Development
Enables you to develop competence in HACCP methodology.

HACCP Effective Food Safety Management Systems
Provides you with the theoretical foundations and practical techniques together with essential skills to manage and assess effective HACCP-based food safety management systems.

Research Methods
Develops your knowledge of research aims and processes so that you can critically assess current research in food safety.

Current Issues in Food Safety Management
Enables you to study a topic of interest to you, develop a journal literature review, research a proposal and project plan to improve the current knowledge in your chosen topic area.

Optional Modules
Allow you to focus on International Food Law or Food Allergy and Intolerance or implement a planned research investigation in the Applied Food Safety module.

Student in lab


If you’d like to speak to the Course Leader, please do not hesitate to contact her directly.

Dr. Jan Soon
(+44) 1772 89 4567

"This course was one of the best things I have ever done for my career progress and I have learnt things in details never seen before… It suits me very well with my other fields of professional interests, such as quality, KPIs, complaints, hygiene and H&S."

Bran, 2019 MSc Graduate

How to Apply

Our Postgraduate section has more information around applying including visiting UCLan and the support available.

If you want to continue and apply now, you can apply for many of the postgraduate UCLan courses using our Online Application System.

For other postgraduate courses you can apply directly to UCLan by downloading a Postgraduate Application Form (.pdf 190KB) please also see our Postgraduate Application Guidance Notes (.pdf 158KB).


For detailed information about studying this course at UCLan, please see the course handbook for your year of entry:

For information on possible changes to course information, see our Important Information.


Apply now or see further information about postgraduate study and research. International students should visit our international pages.

Contact Us

Tel: +44 (0)1772 892400


Fees 2020/21

Full-time: N/A
Part-time: £1,125 per 20 credits (Distance Learning) (All Domiciles)

Further information:

For 2019/20 fees please refer to our fees page.

UK Government Postgraduate Loans Scheme

If you're thinking of studying a master's or doctoral degree you could be eligible for a loan from the Government to help you study.

For additional help with financing your studies, UCLan offers a range of Postgraduate scholarships, studentships, bursaries and the Alumni loyalty discount.

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Learning Environment and Assessment

Detailed learning materials are all available online. Each topic of study involves a number of learning activities supported by live webinars, asynchronous discussions and online tutor support. To take full advantage of the course, you will need the following software:

  • Firefox web browsing software
  • Standard word processing and presentation software such as Microsoft Word and PowerPoint
  • Standard electronic mail software
  • Acrobat reader software
  • You will need to have signed up with an internet service provider. Broadband is recommended for full functionality, plus a webcam and headset/microphone

A variety of assessment methods are used including coursework, critical analysis of papers and case studies, recorded presentations and reflective portfolios.

I’m actually putting my MSc to good use at the moment; as I did my research project on Food Safety Culture, my Quality Manager has asked me to collate data and put together a FS culture action plan for our site ready for our BRC V8 audit in January. Thank you for your support over the last three years, the MSc really was a fantastic experience.

Elizabeth, 2019 MSc Graduate


Students on this course are normally working full-time or part-time in and/or go on to develop their careers in the food industry, local and/or international enforcement and the private sector.

This course provides progression opportunities up to MPhil/PhD and Professional Doctorate.